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Hanoi to close café shops along railway system

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) has asked Hanoi's People’s Committee to close all cafés along the railway line between Dien Bien Phu and Phung Hung streets.

People gather along the railway line to take photos of a train. Photo: VNA

In a letter sent to municipal authorities, the MoT said too many cafés had been opened close to the tracks, posing a high risk of accidents.

Statistics from the Vietnam Railway Authority showed that in September only, 24 accidents occurred on railway lines, an increase of 40 per cent compared with the same period last year. Nine people were killed in these accidents.

MoT leaders said that people liked to sit by the tracks to drink, eat and take photos.

The MoT has instructed Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da and Hai Ba Trung districts to take measures to manage cafés shops along the railway line.